It’s a brisk Friday morning. Steam rises from the asphalt streets as the sun awakens last night’s rain, and the whole of Hawthorn is in a flurry to get its early morning caffeine hit. Tucked away just behind the hustle and bustle of Glenferrie road, lies Short Straw – a neighbourhood local and one of Hawthorn’s favourite brekky and coffee haunts.
If this café were to draw a straw, there would be nothing short about it. In fact, quite the contrary. The first thing you notice when stepping into Short Straw is the beautiful space. It’s airy and spacious with heaps of natural light pouring in through wide open windows and skylights. The interior fit out is modern featuring white painted brick, timber accents, succulent centre pieces and daily specials scrawled across brown butcher paper.
The staff are friendly, as they rush from kitchen to table producing meals that look like pieces of abstract art, and the patrons are relaxed sipping on lattes and taking in the cool morning air.
Short Straw is the epitome of a down to earth neighbourhood breakfast nook with some seriously impressive eats. The menu is packed with innovative brunch dishes and classic favourites, alongside boutique roasted coffee.
The meals arrive, and are presented as mini masterpieces. Eggs benedict flaunts two perfectly poached eggs drizzled in hollandaise, balancing atop two towers of braised pork hash. It looks like a cityscape with two skyscrapers pushing poached eggs skyward as they desperately try to reach your mouth. The hash is perfectly salty with a hint of pork and a crispy outside – the perfect balance alongside buttery hollandaise.
For those who are more experimental the high fiber, nutrient booster, butter fruit breakfast is a must. Kale, asparagus and radish on a smear of chickpea avocado hummus with a side of avocado art, all topped with poached eggs. Mouth-watering, yet too beautiful to eat - the ultimate foodie dilemma.
Pair one of these with a latte from Undercover Roasters or single origin cold drip, and you’ve got a solid ten. Short Straw is definitely worth the visit next time you’re in Hawthorn. You can find it at 743 B Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn or online at http://www.shortstraw.com.au/